|Meeting Point||at Kushimoto Station|
|Ending Point||at Kushimoto Station|
|Departure||09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 30|
Kushimoto Town is located in the southernmost tip of Honshu Island.
Speaking of Kushimoto, the first thing coming into our head is maguro or tuna, especially blue fin tuna. Kinki university first succeeded with the culture of maguro in Kushimoto. It is the first success in the world. Therefore you can eat tuna for lunch.
Furthermore there is a Turkish Memorial Museum. Have you ever heard of the distress of Ertugrul? In june 1890 a Turkish firgate, the Ertugrul arrived in Japan wiith a crew of about 650. After completing their mission of friendship, the Ertugrul and her crew set out for home, the Ertugrul encountered a violent storm in the typhoon and was hit the rocks at Kashinozaki Lighthouse in Kushimoto on the September 16th 1890. You can check the rocks from the Museum. In the end the Ertugrul sank and 587 crew were dead and the surviver was only 69. The remains of the Ertugrul still lie on the bottom of the sea off Oshima Island. Oshima islanders devoted themselves to rescue the crew. This triggered the deep relationship between Kushimoto Town and Turkish nation. Kushimoto town became a sister sity to Yakakent town of Turkey In 1964.
( The Turkey-Japan joint movie "Kainan 1890" on the theme of the distress of Ertugrul will be open on December 5th 2015 in Japan)
There is the Kashinozaki Lighthouse close to the Turkish Memorial Museum. It is the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan. There is a monument to the memory of 587 Turkish sailors who died in the line of duty.
At the Kushimoto Marine Park, tropical fish and their ecosystems can be viewed from the submarine "STELLA MARIS" and observation tower.
The coast north west of Kushimoto stretching 850 meters in a straight line is the beautiful rock formations called "Hashigui." It is a very scenic place where many photographors are captured by its beauty. About 15 million years ago the volcanic activity made magma solidified under the ground and flexible mudstone was eroded. Then igneous rocks in the form of bridge column showed up.
|extra person ( more than 30 people ).||4.40 USD|
|extra hour.||8.80 USD|
Wishing to visit Kyoto in depth in the short time we had, we disembarked the ship we are sailing in in Kobe and travelled to Kyoto by Shinkansen, and spent the night there, rejoining our cruise the day after. Hideo picked us up in Kobe and was with us both days. Thanks to him, we saw many sights, using both taxis and public transport, and made it back to the ship with ample time. Hideo is very patient, punctual and knowledgeable and we had two wonderful days with him in this lovely city. Whilst we never felt hurried, we managed to see everything we had planned in advance, with his great help and suggestions, and although we probably just scratched the surface of this great city, we could never have done it without him.
Main purpose was to try the Kobe beef. We went to one of the oldest sake brewery in Japan. There was a sake brewery museum about the history of the brewery which was very interesting. The good sake there are very affordable and for foreigners, tax-free is processed there too. Animal Kingdom was a good place to spend some time especially for family with kids. We had Kobe beef at two places - Mouriya which we chose from recommendation for lunch and Kagura as recommended by Hideo-san. Kagura is a lot more expensive- guess you pay for the teppanyaki showmanship. We didn't have much time for anything else.
He is a good guy and gentleman. Nice to have accommodate our schedule. He is not very informed and his English is not the best
Hideo was fantastic! We had few quite bad experiences with our tour guides in Japan, but not Hideo. He was extremely prepared, friendly and generally very knowledgable. He also has an extreme level of energy, I was amazed by the pace he established, and how he kept up with it. Overall I would recommmend him. Thank you, Hideo!
We met up with Hideo at Sannomiya Station in Kobe for our afternoon tour. At the start he provided us with a clear itinerary and map of our tour for the day. We went up the hill to see Kitano Ijinkan area, back down to the Merikan Park and Mozaic Mall at the port, and then to Chinatown. Hideo provided a good history of the Kobe Port and the city in general which was very informative. Hideo was also very organized in conducting the tour. We ended the tour with dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant. Overall we had a good taste of the beautiful Kobe City and would love to go back again in the future. Irwan. Boston, MA, USA.
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